The three first Volvo hydraulic excavators were introduced at the Intermat exhibition in 1997 – EC280, EC340 and EC390. They were soon followed by both smaller and bigger models as well as wheeled ones. These were all built in the Eslöv plant.
In 1999 a new generation of excavators saw the light of day. The two first models in this generation were the EC210 and EC240 and they were built in the Changwon plant in South Korea.